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Caught on camera: Alliance officers rescue woman from a submerged car after she drove into river

Posted at 10:08 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 19:34:56-05

ALLIANCE, Ohio — It all started with a terrifying 9-11 call.

“The water is like coming beneath my feet and I don’t, I’m really scared right now. I don’t know how to get out of my car,” said a woman who called police.

When Alliance police arrived, they saw a car submerged in water and a woman slowly sinking.

As quickly as police got there, one officer smashed a window, yanked the woman from the car, and pulled her to safety.

"I know she has children, and when I saw her in that car and the water filling the car, I got nervous,” said Alliance Police Patrolman Shane Tallman.

Patrolman Tallman anchored a fellow officer as he worked to get to the trapped woman.

"We had one officer there to go ahead and help her, I was on the bank and there were officers behind me and we almost had a chain,” said Tallman.

Patrolman Christian Tussey is the officer who broke the window.

"I knew that that window was going eventually, fortunately, it went the second time and I was very excited, and she came right out and I was able to carry her to land,” said Tussey.

Police say the woman fell asleep while driving and was lucky to only walk away with a few cuts.

"It was scary, holding on to that car and feeling it start to move,” said Patrolman Tussey.

Both officers say getting the woman to safety was all in a day's work.

"It’s nothing to do with being a hero, nothing to do with being great, that’s what we do that’s what we like to do, that’s what we train to do, prepare to do every day,” said Tallman.

Authorities said neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be factors in the crash.